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CEO George C. Gull's Official Portrait
CEO George C. Gull's Official Portrait

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Challenge: Free Study 2011-01 (Advanced Editing VII)
Camera: Nikon D700
Lens: Nikon AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR
Location: Southlawn, Va
Date: Jan 15, 2011
Aperture: F20
ISO: 200
Shutter: 1/160
Date Uploaded: Jan 31, 2011


Place: 75 out of 307
Avg (all users): 6.0753
Avg (commenters): 8.2000
Avg (participants): 6.1650
Avg (non-participants): 5.8605
Views since voting: 580
Views during voting: 235
Votes: 146
Comments: 6
Favorites: 2 (view)

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 Comments Made During the Challenge
02/07/2011 11:11:55 PM
LOL! Great portrait and nice job on naming him. And the border, might I add, works perfectly.
02/06/2011 12:31:11 PM
I'm going through the entries, stopping at those images I feel have had the benefit of an unconventional eye and dwelling a little longer to try to see and appreciate what you saw. This is one of those images.

Positives: An image that startles with its quality. I don't use the word lightly. We often get some decent bird offering in the Free Study but this offers something above and beyond that sort of work. I got the blue ribbon for 'Portrait of a Wild Bird' 13 months ago and this image is soooooo much better in every way to that offering. Difficult to make an effective comment on work such as this without just trotting out superlatives but I'll try. The lighting (just a flash?) works so well, isolating and emphasising the gull, the focus is nailed but more than that, the smoothness of the image is outstanding. I'll be interested to see what sensor you are using, in my work I only get this look using a full frame camera. I also wonder whether you used the Adamus sharpening technique; again it seems to offer a degree of smoothness I can't seem to manage by other routes. The contrast you have offered between the vibrant yellow beak and eyes and the colour-monochrome of the feathers is so effective. Your model too has performed beautifully, offering up an intent quizzical look.

Critical stuff: Ummm..... No.

Overall: Simply outstanding - I hope you ribbon (and with an 8+ score).
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02/04/2011 06:06:30 PM
love it!!!!! Just perfect!
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02/02/2011 10:24:30 AM
Love this! The frame really works (8)
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02/01/2011 08:25:40 PM
Ha, nice!
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02/01/2011 07:16:52 AM
Nice closeup shot and the border is perfect.
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